SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police have confirmed the presence of a loosely organized group that calls itself the Block Boyz.
Now the FBI is getting involved. And it's asking the public to help track down the gang's members and their criminal activities.
These Block Boyz appear not to be new to Shreveport. In fact, Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines said he first heard that name a few years ago.
What is new is the FBI's very public interest in learning everything it can about the group.
"You urban terrorists, you gangbangers, you anybody else who wants to come through and do what you want to do, stop it! We're tired of it! We're tired of it! And it needs to stop!"
That was Caddo Commissioner Jerald Bowman in July 2015 sending a stern message to anyone wanting to cause violence in Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood.
It came long before the FBI sent out its own request, just days ago, asking the public for any information on a street gang known as the Block Boyz.
"Information has been gathered that have linked them to a variety of different violent crimes throughout Shreveport," Hines said.
Shreveport police arrested 4 suspected Block Boyz members in recent years, Hines said.
They also arrested Jimmie Durden in 2012 and charged him with 2 counts of attempted first-degree murder related to a shooting the month before his capture.
"Between those individuals and others who are yet to be arrested, we can attribute a large portion of some crime that we witnessed here in our immediate area," Hines said.
Unlike a typical gang, he said, this is a loosely organized group of people committing various crimes throughout the city. "Whether it ranges from charges of theft or armed robberies, simple robbery, shootings."
Now with the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force and other local, state and federal agencies involved, we can expect to see more arrests of suspected Block Boyz members in the not-too-distant future, especially if the public helps out, Hines said.
Authorities urge anyone with information about the Block Boyz to call the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force at (318) 884-4324. The FBI says all information provided will be kept strictly confidential.